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Suns waiving veteran guard, fan favorite Leandro Barbosa

The Phoenix Suns are waiving guard Leandro Barbosa, generating greater salary-cap flexibility in pursuit of young players and future draft assets this summer, league sources told ESPN.

Waiving Barbosa, a longtime fan favorite on his second tour with the franchise, saves the Suns $3.5 million, pushing Phoenix's space to nearly $12 million. The Suns could expand their salary-cap space to $25 million should they renounce restricted free-agent center Alex Len.

Leandro Barbosa was on his second stint with the Suns. Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images
If Barbosa, 34, clears waivers, he is sure to become a sought-after veteran player among NBA contenders on the free-agent market. He averaged 6.3 points in only 14.4 minutes per game last season.

The NBA's marketplace is teeming with clubs looking to shed high-money contracts, including Toronto, Milwaukee, New York and the Los Angeles Clippers. Phoenix is angling to use its salary cap space as a landing spot for salary dumps, if those contracts are attached to young players or draft picks.

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough is committed to growing a gifted young group of talent, including Devin Booker, TJ Warren, Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender and the No. 4 pick in the June NBA draft, forward Josh Jackson.

Source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19801796/phoenix-suns-waiving-veteran-guard-leandro-barbosa

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